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The Rise of Predictive Modeling Factories

Feb 9, 2015 |

So you installed Hadoop and built a data lake that can store petabytes of data. Now what? According to leaders in predictive analytics, the best thing you can do is to build a predictive model factory that automates much of the drudgery out of running machine learning algorithms at scale. “Every data lake needs a predictive modeling factory,” says SriSatish Ambati, the co-founder and CEO of H2O, a developer of in-memory machine learning technology. “Predictive analytics as a whole is Read more…

The Secret to Generating Value from IoT Data

Jan 13, 2015 |

Over the last 10 years, enterprises have been implementing IoT applications by connecting devices and “things” on their internal network (Intranet) to provide better customer service, reduce costs and more. By applying advanced analytics technologies designed specifically to handle the requirements of real-time big data analytics, many businesses today are converting the vast amounts of IoT data generated into actionable insights. With more and more devices
being connected to the Internet, the opportunity for additional value is growing rapidly as the Read more…

Outsmarting the Internet of Everything Before It Outsmarts Us

Dec 23, 2014 |

  The “Internet of Everything” is being touted as the largest technology market in history, with over $14 trillion at stake.  It’s expected to usher in automation in nearly all fields with Big Data analysis revealing insights that businesses can harness in countless and exciting new ways.  We hear about smart homes, smart grids, smart cities, smart healthcare, and even smart cows, as farmers are now equipping their herds with sensors that alert them if a cow gets lost or Read more…

Why Kafka Should Run Natively on Hadoop

Dec 2, 2014 |

Apache Kafka has become an instrumental part of the big data stack at many organizations, particularly those looking to harness fast-moving data. But Kafka doesn’t run on Hadoop, which is becoming the de-facto standard for big data processing. Now a group of developers led by DataTorrent are addressing that concern with a new project called KOYA, or Kafka on YARN. Getting Kafka into Hadoop would seem to be a no-brainer. After all, the open source message broker software already plays Read more…

Why Twitter Is the Low-Hanging Fruit of Social Analytics

Nov 19, 2014 |

Nobody is mistaking the Twitter fire hose for a crystal ball. But big companies are increasingly turning to Twitter and other social media outlets for a range analytic tasks, from gauging customer sentiment about bendy smartphones to saving costs during product recalls. Corporations have been analyzing social media since it arrived on the scene year ago. But only recently have they figured out how to really make use of it, according to Katherine Matsumoto of Attensity, a big data analytics Read more…

News In Brief

Cloudera Brings Kafka Under Its ‘Data Hub’ Wing

Feb 18, 2015 |

Cloudera is making Apache Kafka a supported part of its Hadoop distribution, the company announced today. While Kafka still doesn’t run on Hadoop, Cloudera says the changes it is instituting will help CDH customers build real-time analytics applications that span Hadoop and Kafka. Kafka is an open source message broker that’s designed to handle massive flows of streaming, real-time data, such as log data. The software was originally developed at LinkedIn, which uses it to process hundreds of millions of Read more…

Patriots Vs. Seahawks: The Big Game by the Numbers

Jan 30, 2015 |

Nobody knows what will happen when the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots take the field on Sunday for Super Bowl XLIX.  But thanks to data analytics, we can get an idea how certain aspects of the teams match up. In these two visualizations from Tableau Software, we can see how the Patriots and Seahawks line up against each other. In the first viz (below), the data shows the Pats’ offense and the Hawk’s defense are clearly the superior units. Read more…

VoltDB Reaches Out to Hadoop for Fast Data Analytics

Jan 28, 2015 |

VoltDB has made a name for itself by building a fast in-memory distributed relational database that processes transactions and does some real-time analytics too. With today’s launch of VoltDB version 5, the company is smoothing its integration with Hadoop in hopes of helping customers connect the dots between big data and fast data analytics. Hadoop is increasingly the repository for organization’s big unstructured data, such as call logs, click streams, and location information. All that stuff goes into the Hadoop Read more…

Lockheed Aims to Make Apache Storm Easier to Use

Jan 9, 2015 |

The data analytics arm of defense contractor Lockheed Martin yesterday announced that it’s making a big data analysis tool available as open source. Dubbed StreamFlow, the tool is designed to make it easier for beginner programmers to work with Apache Storm. Apache Storm is a distributed computing framework designed to process streams of data in real time. The technology, which was acquired and then released as open source by Twitter several years ago, is a key component of the emerging Read more…

As Pollution Worsens, China Turns to Big Data

Jul 8, 2014 |

You’ve got to see, smell, feel Beijing’s smog to believe it. Looking out a high window of a tall building, the air is opaque. Despite rules against them, vendors cook and sell food on side streets using charcoal grills. Prevailing winds from the Gobi Desert distribute dust throughout the sprawling capital. The desert dust along with particulates from high-sulfur coal burned in the city’s power plants prompt car owners to brush off their vehicles the way we might clear snow Read more…

This Just In

IBM and Juniper Networks Partner

Feb 25, 2015 |

ARMONK, N.Y. and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 25 — IBM and Juniper Networks today announced plans to provide real-time network behavior insights to help customers dramatically improve mobile experiences, address increasing Internet of Things (IoT) application demands and uncover new opportunities gleaned from Big Data. IBM and Juniper Networks will work together to enable the design and delivery of next generation high-performance network analytics to help communications service providers (CSP) and enterprises become more agile and efficient, reducing time to deployment and cost, while enhancing end user application experiences. With close Read more…

Corvil Announces New Release of Network Data Analytics Platform

Feb 24, 2015 |

DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 24 — Corvil today announced a major new release of its network data analytics platform, introducing a disruptive new pricing model that will significantly lower the cost of purchasing and owning Corvil, currently used by eighteen out of the twenty top stock exchanges and global banks. Setting a new industry benchmark for network data analytics in terms of cost, performance and capability, today’s release delivers a new software-defined appliance model and a series of upgraded capabilities allowing for between Read more…

Syncsort Acquires William Data Systems

Feb 18, 2015 |

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Feb. 18 — Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data and mainframe software, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of UK-based William Data Systems, the maker of advanced network monitoring and security software products for the IBM z Systems z/OS mainframe platform. The mainframe is a high-volume transactional supercomputer, which makes the networking and security data collected by the William Data product suite particularly valuable to the fastest-growing Big Data and analytical platforms, such as Splunk Enterprise and Read more…

Obsidian Announces Plan for New Platform

Jan 28, 2015 |

Jan. 28 — Global network traffic now exceeds two exabytes per day and continued growth will be fueled in part by new models such as cloud computing and internationally distributed data-intensive science programs. To address ongoing and future data transport infrastructure challenges, Obsidian Strategics announced today plans for a new platform that will complement its existing 10 and 40Gbits/s product offerings. Obsidian is recasting supercomputer technology to drive Wide Area Networks with unprecedented efficiency. Legacy networks no longer sustainable – TCP/IP and Read more…

Plexxi Switch Now Certified on Cloudera Enterprise 5

Jan 27, 2015 |

NASHUA, N.H., Jan. 27 — Plexxi today announced the certification of the Plexxi Switch with Cloudera’s Enterprise 5 platform. Cloudera’s data management platform enables enterprises to use Apache’s open source Hadoop software to better manage their data. The Plexxi Switch, now a Cloudera-certified hardware technology, is the first SDN-based Ethernet switch and the only truly single-tier, scale-out networking solution. The Plexxi Switch integrates the power and flexibility of high-density Ethernet and optical switching technology to create rich-bandwidth, low-latency and adaptable networks for clouds and dynamic data centers. Read more…